Thursday, December 20, 2012

Is It Just "Doomsday Hype?" NASA Thinks So

Preparedness News For 2012. From The Portland Preparedness Center. Cnr 72nd and Glisan, Portland, OR.

Is It Just "Doomsday Hype?"

NASA Thinks So

But It's Not

With that mysterious date of 12 21 2012 just hours away, this may be the last Preparedness News of the year.
NASA and NBC News jumped onto "The Day After" a week ahead of schedule.
NASA's Dr John Carlson put up a YouTube video in which he says the whole Mayan Calendar scenario "was a misconception."
In some respects, he's absolutely correct. The calendar did not foretell the end of the world, but, says Carlson, it did include dates that go "a billion billion times further back" than science's current assumed date for the "Big Bang."
As sincere as he is, he nevertheless says nothing to explain how the ancient Mayans got to be so smart. Or what caused the demise of such a great civilization. (But that's not the purpose of this video).
The commentary informs us that "None of the thousands of tablets (and ruins) that archaeologists have examined, foretell the end of the world. And modern scientists agree...."
So who are these modern scientists? And what is their agenda? Let's quote from the commentary.
"Don Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Objects program, stated that no known asteroids or comets were on a collision course with Earth."
Dr Mirrison says "Neither is a rogue planet coming to destroy us."
This NASA video then calls on Lika Guhathakurta, head of NASA's Living With A Star program, to tell us "the sun is not a threat either. The sun has been flaring for billions of years, long before the Maya even existed, and it has never once destroyed the world."
The commentary goes on to say "this is the wimpiest solar cycle of the past 50 years; reports to the contrary are exaggerated."

Let's pause a minute and ask ourselves, "do NASA scientists ever talk to each other?"  (We'll get to that in minute).

The first question should be "Who was among the first to give us "reports to the contrary?" The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and NASA itself. including Guhathakurta, who was reported in NASA's very own "Science News" website. She said:- "A similar storm (to the Carrington event) today might knock us for a loop....Modern society depends on high-tech systems such as smart power grids, GPS, and satellite communications--all of which are vulnerable to solar storms."
On a certain level, it's understandable that NASA should make and release a video about December 21 2012, basically taking the line that it's going to be a non-event.
But to lump all those potential disasters into one debunking video is at best misleading.

Even so, it's true that huge numbers of people are holding their breath about that date, which is only hours away as iof this writing, so who knows how many have bought into unrealistic scenarios for that day?
But to imply that none of the events they have included will happen, ever, is ludicrous.
It may be true that they won't happen on December 21, but to give the impression that the very things they study are just a crock in our imagination leaves us asking "who is the fool around here? Us? Or those who study them and tell us they're figments of our imagination?"
Indisputable evidence of that is very simple to find. NASA itself has spent who knows how many billions of dollars in recent decades to launch specialty satellites to monitor the sun in great detail.
Why? Because they are afraid of solar flares, and they know a big one is coming our way, soon.
They've even told us so, quite frequently. This excellent short science video will give you the answers. It explains how NASA has spent billions sending up satellites to monitor space weather, the sun in particular. It really is a "must see" four minutes of very important information for anyone who wants to be prepared for total disruption of our high-tech world.
Earth's entire high-tech infrastructure IS at risk. Otherwise, there'd be absolutely no point to sending up all those satellites to monitor the sun, would there? Already, solar activity is costing the US alone up to $400 million a year, and "In 1979 the United States' first manned space station, Skylab, burned up in Earth's atmosphere because of a stronger-than-expected solar cycle."
Note the italics. The sun can and does do things that are not expected. As Lika Guhathakurta and colleague Dan Baker of the University of Colorado asked in a June 17th New York Times op-ed: "What good are space weather alerts if people don’t understand them and won’t react to them?"
In this report, "A 2008 National Academy of Sciences study warned that “because of the interconnectedness of critical infrastructures in modern society,” the “collateral effects of a longer-term outage” would likely include “disruption of the transportation, communication, banking and finance systems, and government services; the breakdown of the distribution of potable water owing to pump failure; and the loss of perishable foods and medications because of lack of refrigeration.
To repeat. Scientists have said we should expect major activity sometime in 2013. Which totally belies the comment that "this is the wimpiest solar cycle of the past 50 years..."

And just this week (December 18)
another NASA scientists is quoted in this report: "Washington: The Advanced Composition Explorer, or ACE satellite, floating 1.5 million km above the Earth, can warn us up to an hour before a large-magnitude solar storm or coronal mass ejection (CME) strikes our technology-dependent world. .
"The ACE is our early-warning system," says C. Alex Young, study co-author and solar astrophysicist and associate director of science for the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Madison."

To sum up:- We have no way of predicting exactly what might happen on December 21 2012. But nor do NASA or any other group of scientists have any way of assuring us that nothing will happen, either on that day, or in the days and weeks to come as we flow into 2013.
Be ready.

Best wishes.

Michael Knight.

The Portland Preparedness Center.

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